Road traffic is acknowledged to be one of Gibraltar’s biggest problems, both in terms of environmental impact and general quality of life. There are currently 34,000 actively registered vehicles in Gibraltar – more than one vehicle per person, when levels of between 0.3 and 0.6 would be expected.
This situation is recognised to be unsustainable and in 2017, H.M. Government of Gibraltar published its Sustainable Traffic Transport & Parking Plan (link)
This plan sets out the vision for transport in Gibraltar:
Gibraltar’s future transport system will be one in which users are able to move around in a safe, reliable and sustainable manner; increasing its attractiveness as a place to live, work, visit and do business. There will be a real choice to meet travel needs with good access to employment, health, education, retail and leisure. This will encourage more sustainable travel behaviour. Sustainable modes of travel will be developed in order to minimise adverse impacts on the environment and promote healthier lifestyles.
The STTPP’s overarching goal is to address transport related climate change and local air quality issues in Gibraltar by encouraging people to consider walking, cycling and public transport as viable alternatives to using the car. This will be achieved by improving overall mobility in and around Gibraltar with sustainable links between residential areas and the city centre, enabling people to travel safely, securely and in comfort.
Some key measures have already been introduced such as the Bus Tracker system which provides users with real time information on bus timings and the launch of the Reddibike bicycle hire scheme. Other initiatives relating to parking, public transport, walking and cycling will be rolled out over the coming months and years.